LeBron James SF MIA 1 Day
LeBron James said the short-sleeved jerseys the Heat wore on Thursday night affected his jumper.
James went 6-of-18 in the loss to the Spurs, his second-worst shooting night of the season. "I'm not making excuses, but I'm not a big fans of the jerseys," he said. "Every time I shoot it feels like it's just pulling right up underneath my arm. I already don't have much room for error on my jump shot. It's definitely not a good thing." He also wore the short sleeves on Christmas Day and in the All-Star game, going a combined 0-of-11 from 3-point range in those games. The good news for James and his owners is that the Heat will be in the standard tank-tops only for the rest of the season.
LeBron James SF MIA 2 Days
LeBron James ditched his mask early in Thursday's game and hit 6-of-18 shots for 19 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals in a loss to the Spurs.
James had Kawhi Leonard in his pocket for most of the night and Leonard was responsible for many of LeBron's five turnovers. And Leonard's defense, along with the overall defense of the Spurs, is why you should try to avoid them in fantasy matchups if you can. After scoring 61 points vs. the Bobcats on Monday, LeBron has scored just 41 points over his last two games. Look for him to get back to form on Sunday in Chicago.
LeBron James SF MIA 3 Days
LeBron James admitted that he was "very, very tired" after scoring 61 points on Monday, and he shot just 1-of-7 from the field in the second half of Tuesday's game vs. Houston.
LeBron still scored 22 points but the Rockets' defense made him work hard for his buckets, and his fatigue is worth noting given Miami's busy schedule -- no team in the league has more remaining games than the Heat, who play six consecutive four-game weeks. It wouldn't be surprising to see LeBron (not to mention Dwyane Wade) get a night off to rest at some point, though on the plus side Erik Spoelstra didn't seem concerned about his MVP's workload prior to Tuesday's loss.
LeBron James SF MIA 4 Days
LeBron James re-broke his nose during a 22-point game on Tuesday vs. the Rockets, adding one rebound, six assists and three steals in 37 minutes.
He went to the ground and was in pain late in the game, but he was able to play through it. As far as the stats go, James had nowhere to go but down tonight and the Rockets did a decent job of keeping him away from the rim. In LeBron's previous five games, 40 percent of his shots came within three feet for a ridiculous 68.9 percent from the field in that span. James should be considered probable for Thursday for now.
LeBron James SF MIA 5 Days
LeBron James set career and franchise marks for scoring in the Heat's 124-107 win over the Bobcats on Monday, hitting 22-of-33 shots (8-of-10 3PTs, 9-of-12 FTs) with seven rebounds and five assists.
We are in the golden age of the King and basketball fans should sit back and enjoy one of the best that will ever play the game. Where he stacks up among the league's greats will be figured out over time, but for now he is the greatest player on the planet and it's not really close.
LeBron James SF MIA 7 Days
LeBron James respected the league's request that he ditch the black mask and wear a transparent one to protect his broken nose on Saturday, finishing with 20 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and four steals on 8-of-12 shooting in a win over the Magic.
The mask hasn't affected his shooting touch, as he's hit 21-of-31 shots in his two games with it. The Heat coasted to an easy win tonight and LeBron actually got a lot of rest in the fourth quarter, finishing with just 31 minutes played.
LeBron James SF MIA 9 Days
LeBron James (broken nose) wore a black mask against the Knicks on Thursday during an easy 108-92 win with 31 points, four boards, four assists and one 3-pointer.
The Knicks were absolutely torched inside and allowed 66 points in the paint. LeBron is back to his ways of putting up ridiculous efficiency and came into tonight with February averages of 30.8 points, 8.6 boards, 7.0 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.0 triples on 56.3 percent from the field. Don't give Kevin Durant that MVP trophy just yet.
LeBron James SF MIA 9 Days
LeBron James (broken nose) went through Miami's walk-through and he's expected to play vs. the Knicks on Thursday.
Erik Spoelstra confirmed that LeBron should be ready to return and this confirms initial expectations, as it's been a week since the injury took place. He'll wear a protective mask and it's worth monitoring whether it affects his play, but the reigning MVP isn't likely to let a mask throw off his game.